**REGARDING 2ND DOSE – NEW INFORMATION AS OF JUNE 18TH – FROM THE HALTON WEBSITE:
More ways to get vaccinated!
It remains critically important for everyone 12+ to get vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This is key to protecting you, your family and our community…and getting back to normal.
There are many ways to get your first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine:
**New as of April 16, 2021)** Regarding: Attestation (exemption) forms to confirm vaccine eligibility not required.
The Ministry of Health has communicated to all 34 public health units that attestation forms and doctors’ notes are not required to confirm vaccine eligibility. This is in response to OMA advocating to the government that attestation forms and doctors’ notes to confirm eligibility (for example, to confirm eligible health condition) are a barrier to vaccination and an inappropriate use of health- care resources.
Only individuals who belong to groups listed below must complete an exception form (PDF file) with their primary health care provider prior to booking a vaccine appointment at Halton Healthcare.
Highest-Risk health conditions include:
– Organ transplant recipients
– Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
– Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year
High-Risk health conditions include:
– Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity- weakening medications)
Individuals who have an autoimmune condition or immunodeficiency condition and are receiving any of the following treatments must speak with their health care provider before getting the COVID-19 vaccine:
– stem cell therapy
– CAR-T therapy
– immune checkpoint inhibitors
– monoclonal antibodies (e.g., rituximab) and other targeted agents (e.g., CD4/6 inhibitors, PARP inhibitors etc.)
For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 vaccines in the Halton Region, please click the following link: Halton – COVID-19 Vaccines
WE DO NOT HAVE THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN THE OFFICE, WE CANNOT ADVISE PATIENTS ON WHICH VACCINE TO OBTAIN. WE RECOMMEND YOU OBTAIN THE FIRST VACCINE YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR. REFER TO THE HALTON PUBLIC HEALTH WEBSITE FOR DAILY UPDATES.
**If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please click HERE
**UPDATE FROM HALTON’S PUBLIC HEALTH WEBSITE REGARDING VACCINATIONS FOR CHILDREN AGES 12-17 AS OF MAY 18**
Halton Region has updated its COVID-19 vaccination plan to align with the Province’s direction to expand eligibility and vaccinate youth 12 to 17 years of age by the end of August 2021.
Halton Region Public Health is working with local school boards on a youth vaccination program. Information on clinic locations and when the booking system will be updated to offer appointments for all 12 to 17 year olds will be shared as the details of the program are confirmed. The program will be dependent on vaccine supply.
To ensure alignment with the Province’s updated plan to vaccinate youth, Halton Region will be changing eligibility in the vaccination schedule to open appointments to all residents 18+ (instead of 16+ as originally planned) on Wednesday, May 19. Residents aged 12 to 17 will book their vaccine appointments through the youth vaccination program (those aged 16 and 17 who have already booked their first dose appointments rescheduled and will be contacted). Residents who are 18 years old and returning to high school in September 2021 are encouraged to get vaccinated through the youth vaccination program in order to receive their second dose by the end of August.
CURRENT ELIGIBILITY FOR HALTON AS OF June 3, 2021
From the Halton Public Health Website:
Who is currently eligible?
Please read the information below carefully. Halton Region Public Health is following the eligibility criteria outlined by the Province. Unless otherwise specified, individuals must be 18 years of age or older (born in or before 2003) to be eligible for vaccination at this time. You must be a part of an eligible group to be vaccinated. Booking an appointment does not guarantee that you will get a vaccine. Halton Region Public Health is unable to provide any exceptions. All appointments are dependent on vaccine supply.
- Individuals with health conditions and one caregiver
- Group 1 – Essential workers who cannot work from home (as identified by the Province)
- All health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home
- Adults receiving chronic home care (through a Local Health Integration Network or home care agency)
- Adults 18+
- Indigenous Peoples 12+ (including First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations, and household members)
- Residents at long-term care and retirement homes
- Staff and designated essential caregivers in all long-term care homes or regulated retirement homes
- Staff, residents and designated essential care givers of eligible congregate care settings or assisted living facilities.
- Youth 12 to 17
Who is eligible for a shortened dose interval?
On May 28, the Province announced plans to further accelerate second dose appointments(external link), starting with individuals 80+. Information on when additional groups will be eligible to reschedule second dose appointments, as directed by the Province(external link), will be announced as vaccine supplies are confirmed. Thank you for your patience as we work to implement this direction.
Based on provincial direction, the following groups are currently eligible to receive their second dose as early(external link) as 28 days after they received their first dose:
- Halton residents 80 years of age and older
- highest-priority health care workers(external link) (refer to “All health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home” above for more details)
- all Indigenous Peoples (and household members)
- designated essential caregivers of those living in seniors congregate settings
- individuals with the following health conditions or treatments (your physician must complete a medical exemptions form(PDF file), or sign a letter indicating that you have one of the conditions listed and are eligible for a shortened interval):
- Solid organ transplant recipients
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
- Malignant hematologic disorders receiving active treatment (examples: chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy
- Malignant non-hematologic solid tumors receiving active treatment (examples: chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy), excluding individuals receiving solely receiving solely hormonal therapy or radiation therapy
- Individuals undergoing hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
- Individuals receiving treatment with an anti-CD20 agent (examples: rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab)
- If you already received your first dose and have a second dose appointment booked 16 weeks after the first dose, if eligible for a shortened interval you can reschedule your second dose appointment to a shorter interval through our online booking system (subject to appointment availability and vaccine supply). You may be able to book your second dose appointment through a participating pharmacy(external link), but should call ahead to confirm availability and eligibility.
- If you are eligible for a shortened dose but received your first dose as part of a group receiving their second dose at a 16 week interval (for example, you are a paramedic and received your first dose as a Group 1- Essential Worker) you will need to reschedule your second dose appointment under a different eligibility group. This feature is not yet available, but is coming soon.
How to reschedule an appointment
To reschedule your second dose appointment online, you will require the email address that you used when you first booked your appointments. If you did not provide an email address at that time, please call 311 and someone will assist you.
- Select the Reschedule your second dose appointment button above. This will open the Vaccine Appointment View/Reschedule/Cancel tool.
- Enter either:
- the 7-digit confirmation number you received when booking your appointment and your date of birth; or
- your date of birth, last name and postal code.
- Select the Next button. This will display the details of your active appointments, such as location, date, time and confirmation numbers.
- Scroll down to the Reschedule or cancel your appointments section, and click the Send me an invitation to reschedule or cancel my appointments button. This will send an email to the email address originally used to book your appointments. If you did not provide an email to schedule your appointments, please call 311 and provide an email to include with your appointment.
- Go to the email mailbox originally used to book the appointments. You should have received a message from Halton Region Public Health.
- Select the Manage my appointments button in the email. This will open the Manage Appointments screen giving you the option to select a new appointment date and time.
- Select the Reschedule Now button. Your new appointment is now booked and your previous appointment will be cancelled. Note: Your new appointment will not be booked until you select a new appointment date and time and click on the Reschedule Now button.
- You will receive an email confirming your new appointments.
Please note: Your existing appointment will not be cancelled until you select a new appointment location, date and time and then select the Finish button.
Clinics are by appointment only (please no walk-ins) and must be booked online through Halton Region’s
booking system at halton.ca/COVID19vaccines or by phone through 311 if assistance is required. Please do not
call clinic locations directly; bookings can only be made through Halton Region. Residents are reminded that parking is free at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital for those with scheduled appointments at these clinics
For Peel Region:
For Peel Region, the following groups are currently eligible to book appointments (New information as of April 30th is in BOLD):
- Child care workers in the following groups are currently eligible to book a COVID-19 appointment:
- Licensees, employees, and students (18 years or older) on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres, and in authorized recreation and skill building programs.
- Licensed home child care and in-home service providers, employees of a home child care agency and students (18 years or older) on an educational placement who interact directly with children in a licensed home child care setting.
In the coming weeks, eligibility will be expanded to child care workers in unlicensed child care settings in Ontario.
- Residents who are 40 years or older can book an appointment for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at select pharmacies across Peel
- Residents 18 years or older that live in hot spot communities
- Education workers in hot spot communities
- Education staff supporting students with complex special needs
- Adults 45 years or older living in hot spot communities
- People with highest and high-risk health conditions
- Adult recipients of home care
- Active health care workers and health-affiliated workers
- Adults 55 years or older
- Indigenous adults: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis adults and their household members who are 18 years or older
**Please refer to the FULL LIST of CURRENT priority groups to confirm your eligibility and for specific booking instructions by clicking HERE
For further information regarding clinic locations and booking procedures in Halton and Peel, please see below.
**Important Information Regarding the AstraZeneca Vaccine** Halton Region Public Health is NOT part of the provincial AstraZeneca pilot for primary care or pharmacies.
We know you are hoping to get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and are seeking the latest information. Here is what we know now (March 12, 2021).
AstraZeneca Vaccine **updates in BOLD as of April 6th, 2021**
We have not received the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine in our clinic. The Astra Zeneca vaccine is being offered only to people aged 55 and over as of the day of vaccination. Do not get this vaccine if you are under 55 years of age. It is available in pharmacies and some family doctors’ offices in certain health regions. We will let you know as soon as possible when the vaccine becomes available to us. Please do not call us to try to book an appointment or to enquire as to whether we have received the vaccine or not. We need to keep our phone lines free for patients with immediate medical needs.
Vaccines for patients over 80 (born in 1941 or earlier):
If you are 80 or older and do not live in a care home, your local public health unit will have details about vaccinations in your area.
Provincial online system
Eligible residents can now register for appointments starting on March 17.
For more information about COVID vaccines visit the Ministry of Health website: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccines-ontario
Please be assured that we will let you know if we have any vaccine and if you are eligible to receive it from us. Please take the first vaccine offered to you.
Lakeshore Medical Group
Halton Vaccination Locations:
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR OAKVILLE: St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West, Oakville
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR BURLINGTON: Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road, Burlington
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR MILTON: FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, 1010 Main Street East, Milton
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR GEORGETOWN: Gellert Community Centre, 10241 Eighth Line, Georgetown
Peel Vaccination Locations:
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR MISSISUAGUA: 7120 Hurontario Street, Mississauga
LOCATION OF IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR BRAMPTON: 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton
Additional community clinics in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will be launched between February and April. Locations include:
- Caledon East Community Complex, 6215 Old Church Road, Caledon East
- Save Max Sports Centre (formerly Brampton Soccer Centre), 1495 Sandalwood Parkway East, Brampton
- Chris Gibson Arena, Brampton
- International Centre, Mississauga
- Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Sportsplex C – C Gate 1, 5600 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga
- Trillium Health Partners – University of Toronto (Mississauga) Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre Clinic
For more up-to-date information regarding which clinics have been opened, please click HERE
Answering Patient Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines
January 11, 2021
2020 has brought such fear and changes to the way we live our lives. But as 2021 dawns, there is hope – vaccines are on their way.
As you all know, the first vaccines are being given to higher-risk people and healthcare workers. But we look forward to when you all will have access to the vaccine. We do not yet know the place or the timing and we will communicate this when we do.
Some questions have arisen that we wanted to answer at this stage – please see below, and you can find more detail here.
- Appropriate steps taken – The vaccines were developed was so fast because it was a top priority for everyone in the field and billions of dollars from governments and companies around the world were spent on getting it developed. The scientific world cooperated in ways they had not before. The bureaucratic process was super-fast because of the importance of getting this
- New technology – mRNA has been used for cancer treatments for upwards of 30 years, but this is the first vaccine using the There are two vaccines made this way (Pfizer and Moderna) and another one (Oxford) that is coming later is made with an older technology (like the effective Ebola vaccine). More information is available here.
- Effectiveness – In clinical studies, very few people got COVID-19 within 12 days of getting the first dose of the Pfizer This result is similar to the Moderna vaccine, which is the other COVID-19 vaccine now approved for use in Canada.
- Allergies – People with allergies to any of the ingredients in the vaccine should not receive We will discuss any serious allergies or other health conditions you may have before you receive the vaccine.
- Pregnancy and children less than 16 years old – None of the vaccine trials included these populations, so at this time the vaccine is not recommended routinely for these groups
Pregnancy and children less than 16 years old (continued)
For pregnant or breastfeeding individuals who are at high risk of infection and/or morbidity from COVID-19, the various national societies for obstetricians have stated that “the documented risk of not getting the COVID-19 vaccine outweighs the theorized and undescribed risk of being vaccinated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding and vaccination should be offered.”
Our office has remained accessible to you, by phone, by video or in person as it was deemed necessary. We thank you for your understanding as we help you in your health in these different ways.
Thank you all for what you have done to keep yourselves, your loved ones, and your communities safe. Thank you to those frontline workers who have faced fears and yet continued to provide the services that we have needed to function.
We look forward to when the vaccine allows us to return to a life that is more connected. In the meantime –
Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands. AND be calm, be safe, be kind.
The Physicians and Staff of Lakeshore Medical Group
TO OUR PATIENTS AT LAKESHORE MEDICAL GROUP:
The requirement remains the same for patients and those accompanying them to wear a mask in the clinic, with the added stipulation that patients who are symptomatic for Covid-19, or have had recent exposure MUST wear a surgical/ procedure mask
*** All patients arriving at the Clinic or Lab MUST wear a face mask or any cloth covering (e.g. scarf, bandana, etc). If you do not have one you will be required to purchase one in the pharmacy downstairs. Children under the age of 5 years old are NOT required to wear a facial covering (i.e. mask/scarf/bandana). ***
*Please Note* Our Receptionists are now working in the office, however, you may still receive calls from a blocked number when remote staff, or your family physician attempts to call you. Please be sure your phone is set to accept blocked numbers.
We understand the fear and frustration that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and we have been working hard to ensure that we continue to deliver high quality medical care while taking into account the health and safety of our patients, physicians and staff.
We are reducing all non-essential visits and services and replacing them with virtual visits (i.e. telephone and video communication). Non-essential visits include periodic health assessments (i.e. physicals), routine pap tests and minor ailments. We are recommending that you still continue with routine childhood immunizations as there will be dedicated times to book these appointments. With this in mind, we ask that you DO NOT come into the clinic without an appointment. THIS INCLUDES NURSE AND LAB VISITS! If you feel you need to see your doctor or the nurse for any reason, please read the list of frequently asked questions below prior to contacting the office for an appointment.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT NURSE VISITS** We are no longer accepting walk-in visits to see the nurse. If you wish to see the nurse, you must call and speak with the nurse directly to book an appointment as needed.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT LAB VISITS** We are no longer accepting walk-in visits to the lab. If you have seen your doctor in our office (suite 502), or have spoken with your doctor directly over the phone or through video chat, and they have asked you to come in ON THE SAME DAY for blood work, urine testing, or an EKG, you will be asked to knock loudly on the lab door to identify yourself. The door will be locked and Diana will let you in. If you are coming to the lab for any other reason (i.e. a standing order for bloodwork, bloodwork ordered by a specialist for an upcoming appointment, etc.,) you must call 905-845-4511 ext. 224 to be screened for COVID-19 and to be given an appointment.
**IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT COVID RELATED DOCTOR’S NOTES** Please note that symptomatic individuals requesting Doctor’s notes to return to school, or employment, or for those who wish to forego testing for COVID-19 generally cannot be honored as per advice and guidelines from Halton Public Health, the Ontario Medical Association and the Ministry of Health.
We all need to take COVID-19 very seriously. Although we currently do not have many case fatalities in Canada, we are at risk of getting to the point of a health care crisis. We ask you to do your part to help “flatten the curve” so that we can protect our most vulnerable populations and keep our hospital beds available for those who need them the most.
REMEMBER THAT WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY!
For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Halton Public Health Website https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus
If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, click HERE to use the self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.
For further information, please read below for answers to frequently asked questions:
1) Who should be tested for COVID-19?
As the supply for nasopharyngeal swabs is limited, COVID-19 testing is reserved for those at high risk of severe illness or transmitting to someone vulnerable.
From Halton Public Health Website:
Halton Region Public Health and health care partners continue to focus on those most at risk of COVID-19. Our current priority is to hear from the following people who have symptoms (e.g., fever, new cough, difficulty breathing, etc.):
- those aged 60 and over;
- those with pre-existing medical conditions;
- those who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- those living or working in a health-care or long-term care setting or institution; or
- First Nation community members living on-reserve.
- Anyone else directed by Halton Region Public Health
If you have symptoms AND meet one of the criteria above you may be tested for COVID-19. Residents must have an appointment to attend an Assessment Centre.
Residents of Oakville, Milton or Halton Hills can book an appointment at a Halton Healthcare Assessment Centre by calling 905-203-7963. Residents of Burlington can call 905-632-3737 ext 6550 to book an appointment at the Joseph Brant Hospital COVID Assessment Clinic.
*Appointments are necessary to attend an Assessment Centre in Halton.
Individuals without symptoms are NOT being tested at this time.
Individuals with mild symptoms that do not meet the criteria above are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, or until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. You do not need to contact Public Health.
If you have SEVERE symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
2) What are the current symptoms?
The following symptoms have been listed in the screening questions provided by the Ministry of Health (Last updated Apr 22, 2020):
- New onset or worsening chronic cough
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
In addition, the following secondary symptoms has also been listed:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose or sneezing
- Nasal congestion
- Hoarse voice
- Difficulty swallowing
- Decrease or loss of sense of smell
- Unexplained fatigue/malaise
- Abdominal pain
3) What do I do if I have symptoms but do not qualify for testing?
From Halton Public Health Website: Individuals with mild symptoms that do not meet the criteria listed in FAQ 1 are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, or until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. You do not need to contact Public Health.
If you have SEVERE symptoms, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
3) How do I protect myself and my family from getting ill?
Practice social distancing. This means avoiding non-essential exposures to other people, especially those over the age of 60 or immunocompromised.
Sanitize your hands frequently either with alcohol-based sanitizer or hand washing with soap and water x 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your face at all costs.
4) What do I do if I travelled out of province or outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
Returning travellers from outside of Canada (including the United States of America) should self-isolate for 14 days from the day of return.
- If they develop symptoms within 14 days, they should stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including others at home, until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved or 14 days after returning from travel, whichever is longer.
- people with mild symptoms DO NOT require testing.
5) How do I access medical care during this period?
Lakeshore Medical Group Physicians will continue to be available to patients. However, all elective appointments such as physicals will be postponed for at least 1 month. We will try to substitute all in-person visits for virtual visits (telephone calls or video conferencing when feasible). We will be delaying the ordering of any non-urgent tests and referrals for at least one month.
Please do not walk-in or come to the office if you are symptomatic or have travelled in the past 14 days as we are running very low on personal protective equipment like masks. Contact the office instead at 905-845-4551 for further directions. If it is after hours, please contact TELEHEALTH at +1 866-797-0000. If you need to see a physician after 5pm call 905-815-9177.
For any questions regarding symptoms, testing criteria, and when to stay home if you do have symptoms, please refer to FAQ 1, 2 & 3 prior to contacting the office.
6) What about the After Hours Clinic?
Please do not attend the After Hours Clinic for routine prescriptions and assessments and contact your regular physician as they may be able to assess you by a virtual visit.
If you are having respiratory symptoms, please refer to the comments above in FAQ 1, 2 & 3.
If you have had travel history in the past 14 days, please do not come to the After Hours Clinic and contact your regular physician.
7) Do I need a sick note for work if I have symptoms?
8) Where can I read more about COVID-19?
WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION DURING THIS TIME.
– LAKESHORE MEDICAL GROUP PHYSICIANS